Origen’s Anti-Subordinationism and its Heritage in the Nicene and Cappadocian Line

Origen’s Anti-Subordinationism and its Heritage in the Nicene and Cappadocian Line Vigiliae Christianae 65 (2011) 21-49 brill.nl/vc Vi g i l i a e C h r i s t i a n a e © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157007210X508103 Origen’s Anti-Subordinationism and its Heritage in the Nicene and Cappadocian Line Ilaria L.E. Ramelli Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan, Italy Abstract Nyssen’s arguments in In Illud: Tunc et Ipse Filius entirely derive from Origen (proba- bly also passing through Marcellus of Ancyra and Eusebius). Origen’s influence, theo- retical and exegetical, is evident in every passage, from the argumentative pillars down to the tiniest details of exegesis. Gregory’s close dependence on Origen in his anti- subordinationism, within his polemic against ‘Arianism,’ confirms that Origen was not the forerunner of ‘Arianism,’ as he was depicted in the Origenistic controversy and is often still regarded to be, but the main inspirer of the Cappadocians, especially Nyssen, in what became Trinitarian orthodoxy. Origen inspired Marcellus, who was anti-Arian, Eusebius, who in fact was no ‘Arian,’ Athanasius, the champion of anti- Arianism, and the Cappadocians. I argue extensively that Origen’s Trinitarian heritage is found, not in Arianism, but in Nyssen, Athanasius, Eusebius, and the Nicene- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Vigiliae Christianae Brill

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Vigiliae Christianae 65 (2011) 21-49 brill.nl/vc Vi g i l i a e C h r i s t i a n a e © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157007210X508103 Origen’s Anti-Subordinationism and its Heritage in the Nicene and Cappadocian Line Ilaria L.E. Ramelli Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Largo Gemelli 1, 20123 Milan, Italy Abstract Nyssen’s arguments in In Illud: Tunc et Ipse Filius entirely derive from Origen (proba- bly also passing through Marcellus of Ancyra and Eusebius). Origen’s influence, theo- retical and exegetical, is evident in every passage, from the argumentative pillars down to the tiniest details of exegesis. Gregory’s close dependence on Origen in his anti- subordinationism, within his polemic against ‘Arianism,’ confirms that Origen was not the forerunner of ‘Arianism,’ as he was depicted in the Origenistic controversy and is often still regarded to be, but the main inspirer of the Cappadocians, especially Nyssen, in what became Trinitarian orthodoxy. Origen inspired Marcellus, who was anti-Arian, Eusebius, who in fact was no ‘Arian,’ Athanasius, the champion of anti- Arianism, and the Cappadocians. I argue extensively that Origen’s Trinitarian heritage is found, not in Arianism, but in Nyssen, Athanasius, Eusebius, and the Nicene-

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Vigiliae ChristianaeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: Nicaea; Gregory of Nyssa; µοοσιος; Origen; anti-subordinationism; Eusebius; Trinitarian Theology; ν ποτε τε οκ ν; Athanasius

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